Fraud Examiners, Investigators and Analysts

Also called: Certified Fraud Examiner, Confidential Investigator, Financial Investigator, Forensic Accountant, Forensic Audit Expert

Fraud Examiners, Investigators and Analysts


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Fraud examiners, investigators, and analysts obtain evidence, take statements, produce reports, and testify to findings regarding the resolution of fraud allegations. May coordinate fraud detection and prevention activities.

  • Document all investigative activities.
  • Prepare written reports of investigation findings.
  • Analyze financial data to detect irregularities in areas such as billing trends, financial relationships, and regulatory compliance procedures.
  • Gather financial documents related to investigations.
  • Interview witnesses or suspects and take statements.
  • Review reports of suspected fraud to determine need for further investigation.
  • Conduct in-depth investigations of suspicious financial activity, such as suspected money-laundering efforts.
  • Lead, or participate in, fraud investigation teams.
  • Prepare evidence for presentation in court.
  • Coordinate investigative efforts with law enforcement officers and attorneys.
  • Testify in court regarding investigation findings.
  • Recommend actions in fraud cases.
  • Evaluate business operations to identify risk areas for fraud.
  • Create and maintain logs, records, or databases of information about fraudulent activity.
  • Maintain knowledge of current events and trends in such areas as money laundering and criminal tools and techniques.
  • Advise businesses or agencies on ways to improve fraud detection.
  • Negotiate with responsible parties to arrange for recovery of losses due to fraud.
  • Train others in fraud detection and prevention techniques.
  • Design, implement, or maintain fraud detection tools or procedures.
  • Conduct field surveillance to gather case-related information.
  • Research or evaluate new technologies for use in fraud detection systems.
  • Arrest individuals to be charged with fraud.
  • Obtain and serve subpoenas.
Work Context
  • Electronic Mail — 88% responded "Every day".
  • Telephone — 71% responded "Every day".
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 64% responded "Extremely important".
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 55% responded "Every day".
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 68% responded "Every day".
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 60% responded "Some freedom".
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 50% responded "Very important".
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Work Activities
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
  • Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
  • Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
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Detailed Work Activities
  • Update professional knowledge.
  • Train personnel to enhance job skills.
  • Update professional knowledge.
  • Collect evidence for legal proceedings.
  • Obtain documentation to authorize activities.
  • Inform individuals or organizations of status or findings.
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Law and Government
  • Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
English Language
  • Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Economics and Accounting
  • Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
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  • Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Reading Comprehension
  • Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Active Listening
  • Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Talking to others to convey information effectively.
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Written Comprehension
  • The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Inductive Reasoning
  • The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Oral Expression
  • The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Written Expression
  • The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
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People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Achievement/Effort
  • Persistence
  • Initiative
  • Leadership
  • Cooperation
  • Concern for Others
  • Social Orientation
  • Self Control
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